- Joint Opposition's Presidential candidate Yashwant Sinha conceded his defeat
- He said that despite the outcome of the election, it benefited Indian democracy in 2 important ways
- NDA's presidential candidate Murmu crossed 50% mark after 3rd round of counting to emerge victorious
Joint Opposition's Presidential candidate Yashwant Sinha, who was defeated by the NDA's candidate on Thursday congratulated India's new President Draupadi Murmu.
He said, "I hope—indeed, every Indian hope—that as 15th President she functions as Custodian of Constitution without fear or favour."
The ex-finance minister said that despite the outcome of the election, "I believe it has benefited Indian democracy in 2 important ways. First, it brought most Oppn parties on a common platform. This is indeed the need of the hour & I appeal to them to continue Opposition unity beyond Presidential Election."
NDA's presidential candidate Murmu crossed the 50 per cent mark after the third round of counting to emerge victorious in the poll over her rival Sinha. In a statement, Sinha thanked the leaders of the Opposition parties for choosing him as their consensus candidate in this election.
"I also thank all members of the Electoral College who voted for me. I accepted the offer of Opposition parties solely guided by the philosophy of Karma Yoga preached by Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita -- 'Do your duty without expectation of the fruits thereof'," Sinha said.
"I have performed my duty conscientiously out of my love for my country. The issues I had raised during my campaign remain pertinent," he said.
Sinha also said that till his last breath, he shall continue to serve the cause he believes in -- the very cause that guided him to contest the election for the highest office of the Republic.